Definition of humpback in English:



  • 1

    (also humpback whale)
    A baleen whale which has a hump (instead of a dorsal fin) and long white flippers.

    Megaptera novaeangliae, family Balaenopteridae

    • ‘Visitors to the site where a humpback whale beached itself at the weekend were shocked to discover the mammal had already been put down yesterday.’
    • ‘The humpback whale creates the most complex, long-lasting, repetitive sound patterns of any non-human animal on our planet.’
    • ‘For a musician it would be difficult, if not impossible, to define the sounds of the humpback whale without using musical terms.’
    • ‘It's not unusual to see dolphins cavorting near the boat when in the tropics, but during one trip we saw a humpback whale lumbering along in its own beautiful way.’
    • ‘About a dozen whales have been spotted to date, mostly humpbacks, and five have been darted.’
  • 2

    (also humpback salmon)
    A small salmon with dark spots on the back, native to the North Pacific and introduced into the north-western Atlantic.

    Oncorhynchus gorbuscha, family Salmonidae

  • 3

    another term for hunchback

    ‘Stricken with Pott's disease when just a boy, he scarcely grew taller after that and was left with a humpback created by a deformed spine.’
    another term for hunchback